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. >>> meanwhile three u.s. senators are in afghanistan this morning, john mccain, joe lieberman and lindsey graham, they say they're worried president obama's plan to draw down u.s. troops could help the insurgents. joel brown is in washington on that. happy fourth of july to you. >> happy independence day to you. the senators believe too many afghans see president obama's plan for a drawdown see this as a sign the u.s. is quitting on afghanistan. key senators are raising doubts about president obama's withdrawal plan for afghanistan. >> it is an unnecessary risk. >> i really do worry this may have undercut the momentum. i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: in kabul republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham called the strategy too risky and say it could put american troops and the plan in jeopardy. the plan calls for pulling out 10,000 troops by the end of this year with another 23,000 gone by the end of next summer. >> i hope that it will work out but it is certainly deprives us of the necessary troops that we need for the second fighting season. >> the obama administration is standing by its
dollars in cuts in spending based on our withdrawal from iraq and afghanistan. that's just not real. but i believe the result of negotiations with speaker boehner, senator mcconnell and senator reid they could arrive at a conclusion because the major objection that a lot of us had was we don't want to increase taxes. the majority leader reid has already made that concession in his proposal. >> schieffer: senator, the thing that i wonder about is i think the congressional leaders on both sides are ready to make a deal but what i wonder about is can the followers go along with the leaders or will the congress stumble into some kind of default here despite the best intentions of the leaders on both sides? >> i believe they can and will. how soon is... i'm not clear on. it may require some kind of a warning shot. for example, watch the markets tomorrow, the financial markets around the world. i believe that the american people have very different views about what we're in, but the major view is disdain and even larger than that is that they want us to sit down and agree to something because th
. assassination in afghanistan. mandy -- mandy clark reports that president garzy's brother was gunned down. cynthia bowers in a city so strapped it's firing cops as soon as they get their badge. and the first, first lady of the modern age, bill whitaker remembers betty ford who forever changed how america views the white house. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from washington. >> pelley: good evening. it was a striking thing, today, to hear the president of the united states say that he cannot guarantee the 27 million social security checks that you are due to be mailed august 3rd. august 3rd is the day after the government will default on its debts if democrats and republicans do not agree to increase the nation's borrowing limit. both sides say they won't raise the limit without a deal to massively cut the federal deficit. a u.s. default would shake the world economy. the stakes could not be higher. time is growing short. in our interview, president obama said the situation is dangerous. >> we met the president this morning at
in kandahar, afghanistan's most dangerous city. she comes under attack while wearing a berka. >> reporter: another stone was just thrown at me-- ow! >> just today the city's mayor was assassinated in a brazen attack. cell phone safety-- to all those minutes add up to health problems for kids? dr. jon lapook reports. and it's a place where wounded warriors learn to hope again. david martin on the closing of walter reed. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> schieffer: exwfg. scott's off tonight. i'm bob schieffer. the fallout from washington's inability to find a solution to the budget crisis and raise the debt limit has, apparently, begun. on wall street, the stock market was down for the third day in a row. the dow fell more than 198 point today. for the week, it's down nearly 400 point, and it has lost close to $105 billion in value. some of the bond rating services are now saying that even if congress does reach an agreement on a budget plan, it may be too hate to avoid lowering the rating on some american securities. we have three reports ton
out in afghanistan or ahmed wali karzai. the president wept openly during the burial at one point climbing inside the grave to help move his brother's body. ahmed karzai was murdered yesterday by a trusted body guard. >>> there will be a second memorial service in michigan tonight for former first lady betty ford. she died friday at age 93 was mourned at funeral services yesterday in palm desert, among those attending, rosalyn carter, hillary clinton. >>> prince fielder got mvp for this three-run homer in the fourth inning. >>> 14 minutes past the hour. here's chris. >> thanks so much. >>> a blistering heat wave continues across large sections of the country, from texas to the east coast while parts of the northeast will finally see some relief today. cbs's betty nguyen is in times square with more for us today. hi betty. >> reporter: hi there chris. we've been lucky in new york, seen temperatures in the high 90s but in the plains states, this heat wave is fueling one of the worst droughts that many have seen in decades. crippling heat gripped half of the nation tuesday as the nat
troops this week. by 2014, it's expected foreign troops will have left all of afghanistan or be in support roles. >>> yesterday's handover took place in helmand province. it's a taliban stronghold where more foreign troops have died than in any other province. cbs news correspondent mandy clark was there for the changing of the guard. >> reporter: helmand province has been the deadliest battleground in afghanistan. nearly half of all coalition deaths have happened here. president obama's surge focussed on turning that around. the proichbs's capital saw troop movement of a different kind with the official handover to afghan forces. one sign of how fragile this security situation is, the ceremony was not announced in advance. out of fear the taliban would strike. the new commander of coalition forces in afghanistan acknowledged the heavy price american and british troops paid for the progress made here. >> there are some voices that are raised to question whether this sacrifice has been worth it. those of white house wear this uniform have one answer. yes! >> reporter: it wa
with an assassination in afghanistan. the powerful half-brother of afghan president hamid karzai was murdered this morning. officials say that ahmed wali karzai was shot to death by one of his own bodyguards at his home in kandahar. cbs news correspondent mandy clark is there. >> god willing there will be an answer of pain and suffering on the people, and peace and security will be implemented in our country so that no other afghan family will go through such pains that we all have suffered. >> reporter: ahmed wali karzai was a controversial figure. he was widely seen as the de facto governor of kandahar province, giving orders to public officials behind the scenes, but more importantly in this society, solving tribal disputes. over the years there were persistent reports that he was involved in drug trafficking. in an interview last year with cbs news, he dismissed those allegations. >> no one came up with any proof that i am involved in any illegal activity. >> reporter: the security situation here is mixed. the taliban do not operate freely in the city, but have launched occasional spectac
and afghanistan, which republicans are likely to argue are not true cuts, so whose plan will prevail? in a conference call sunday boehner told his fellow house republicans i think we can win this for the american people, but then it's going to require some of you to make some sacrifices. if we stand together as a team, our leverage is maximized. they have to deal with us. >> that last comment was probably directed at the republican members who have said that they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling under any circumstances. speaker boehner will need their votes if he wants his legislation to win out in what is shaping up to be a partisan showdown. rebecca. >> cbs's nancy cordes on capitol hill. thanks, nancy. >>> if a deal does or does not happen, how does that affect most americans? joining us with answers is robin farzad, and already you are seeing the ripple effect of the uncertainty on the markets, but what's the ripple effect on average americans if this thing doesn't happen? >> it's mostly going to be psychological throughout the week. people perceive -- suddenly start perce
with the 82nd airborne. lopez just went back to afghanistan, his 6th combat tour. >> i know it's his job and he will be proud of me and i'm proud of him. we can support each other. >> reporter: that's so very hard. in fort brag families, deployed parents often miss birthdays, prom nights, graduations. about one third of this county's 3200 high school graduates come from military families. but this was one milestone no one in uniform had to miss. this year come borrowland county broadcast a on-line commencement of their high school. so when porsha jackson got her diploma, her entire family watched including her proud stepfather 7100 miles away in afghanistan. >> i just want to congratulate you and tell you how proud i am of you and i love you. >> reporter: in at least nine states high schools have invited deployed parents to watch graduation live on-line. at last a milestone moment no one in the family had to miss. mark strassmann, cbs news, fayetteville, north carolina >> mitchell: that is the cbs evening news. later on cbs, 48 hours mystery. thank you for joining us this evening, i'm
by spies who managed to break in to government computers. plans for the wars in iraq and afghanistan, secret information about american satellites, plans for a new fighter plane are gone. vacuumed up in computer hacking apparently by hostile governments. the confirmation came today in a speech in washington by deputy secretary of defense william lynn. >> to date, malicious cyber activity has been directed at nearly every sector of our infrastructure and economy. >> pelley: david martin has been investigating and he managed to get the first television camera ever into the pentagon's command center that defends against computer attac attacks. david also spoke to deputy secretary lynn about the information that's been lost. >> reporter: the joint strike fighter is the pentagon's high-priced ticket to air superiority for the 21st century. except four months ago the designs for that and other sophisticated weapons were stolen from defense industry computers by hackers. 24,000 files in all. >> designs of satellites, u.a.v.s, unmanned aerial vehicles, cutting-edge military technology. >> re
parties to the white house for talks on thursday. it was a deadly day for u.s. troops in afghanistan. three americans were killed and one was wounded when they were attacked by insurgents in the eastern part of the country. their afghan interpreter was also killed. most american families who lose a loved one in a war zone get a letter of condolence from the president of the united states. but there are a few who are denied that honor. among them, families of troops who commit suicide. we first reported this last week and tonight we have learned that the white house is changing its policy. elaine quijano brings us up to date with the father who led the fight to change the rules. >> i had many doubts. many, many doubts but we're very pleased. >> reporter: last week, greg kiessling got the call from the white house he'd waited nearly two years to receive. he learned his family's long wait for acknowledgment from the commander-in-chief was almost over. >> o'neil, my oldest son, came down, we had a hug and it was very emotional. and "dad, it's going to happen." and that was very good mome
of whom asked the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, as he traveled through afghanistan, whether they will still get paid if the u.s. coffers run dry. he told them, "i honestly can't answer that." how can you even allow these soldiers to wonder whether they're going to get paid? >> i think senator mcconnell and i are both cefd that we're going to be able to come to some agreement with the white house and end this impasse. >> reporter: but, again, democratic leaders dispute that, and in fact, when house minority leader nancy pelosi was returning from the white house this evening, we asked her what she thought of mcconnell's aserks that they were close to a deal, and she said to us, "i don't even know what you're talking about. " russ. >> mitchell: let's talk about the tea party. where are the tea party members in all of this. >> reporter: most likely,erous, they're not going to be happy with whatever gets agreed tot last minute by the white house and democratic and republican leaders. that's because they're going to be looking to bring forward a coalition of moderates from both pa
." the group iraq and afghanistan veterans of america, which has been advocating for more mental health programs for veterans, called the president's action long overdue. >> while we think this is a positive first step, i think a lot more needs to be done, that the white house really needs to redouble its resolve to addressing this suicide epidemic head on. >> would not try to seek honor, nor was he being a coward. >> reporter: if anyone can be credited with changing the policy it's greg and janet keesling, they have been fighting for the change since 2009. that's the year their son, 25-year-old army specialist chance keesling, killed himself on his second tour in iraq. they say acknowledgement from the president gives them some comfort. >> he was a good soldier. so i think that's the part that i want to know that the country appreciates, that he fought, he did everything he was asked to do. >> reporter: but there are still military families who will not be receiving condolence letters. the policy change does not include suicide or training accidents here in the united states. >> pelley
? >> chris, good morning to you. in our news, four nato service members were killed in afghanistan this morning. three died during a roadside bombing in eastern afghanistan, the fourth during a separate insurgent attack. 280 international troops have been killed in afghanistan this year. >>> in kabul, british prime minister david cameron met with afghan president hamid karzai, and with general david petraeus. a u.s. and nato commander and unannounced trip there. petraeus is leaving afghanistan and the army next month to become director of the cia. >>> the senate gets back to work today on talks to raise the debt limit. less than four weeks now before the u.s. potentially defaults on its debts. earlier, chris asked republican senator ron johnson of wisconsin if the two sides can agree this week on the issue of whether taxes should be raised? >> i should think so. i think there's a growing group of i think senate republicans and house republicans that are willing to increase the debt ceiling, as long as we actually fix the problem. >>> and delaware senator chris coons told chris he a
morning to you and everyone at home. >>> in afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a memorial service for the president of his half brother. four people were killed including a muslim cleric and a young child. the bomber concealed explosives in his turban. >>> officials for mumbai, india, a bomber killed at least 17 people, among the targets the city opera house and a popular marketplace. no one has claimed responsibility yet. pakistani militants killed 166 people in a larger attack three years ago. >>> in libya, it's been tough going for rebel fighter this is week trying to close in on tripoli, and secretary of state hillary clinton will be in turkey today for a meeting on nato's air campaign. cbs news correspondent mark phillips reports from western libya. >> reporter: the situation has changed again this morning, these are rebel fighters have retaken the town of qualesh. yesterday afternoon and through the evening though the rebel forces came back and have driven the gadhafi forces about four miles or so down the road that way. one difference today is, you can't hear it right now b
by the day. telephone numbers of families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan have been found in the files of an investigator working for the "news of the world." on today's anniversary of the terror attack on london's transit system there are claims the paper hacked into mobile phones of families of terror victims. the paper is under fire for allegedly hacking into the phone messages of a missing teenager later found murdered. >>> a rare and deadly grizzly bear attack at yellowstone national park. park officials say a 57-year-old man and his wife were hiking yesterday and surprised a female bear and her cubs. the bear mauled the man and he died. his wife survived with cuts and bruises. >> this is the first time that there has been a bear caused human fatality in yellowstone in 25 years. >> bears have killed two other people in the area around yellowstone in just more than a year. >>> finally the perloined picasso, the drawing worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was taken tuesday from a gallery in san francisco and look at this, the guy just walked out no noncha lantly, a s
of the phones belonging to the families of murder victims, of soldiers who had been killed in afghanistan, and somehow they were free, and you've got here a political and a press culture outside the murdoch press and inside the murdoch press as well which is really zeroing in on this guy saying this can't go on, we've got to clean it out as fast as we possibly can. >> he has a huge media empire both in the uk, here in the u.s. as well, fox news, the "wall street journal," he flew to london last night to clear up the scandal, some talks he'd been trying to get his remaining stake of bskyb there. is that under threat? could this limit his reach and the reach of his organization? >> very much i'm afraid. in fact the conservative government has been nagged in the press by almost everyone to postpone murdoch's takeover of the biggest satellite broadcasting network in the united kingdom, one of the biggest in the world. clearly buckling under the pressure even as i speak. you could almost hear them doing it and the latest word is it may be postponed for about three years, that's a $1.6 billion
. he'll have a new plan ready for a vote tomorrow. >>> in southern afghanistan a suicide bomber killed the mayor of kandahar. officials say the attacker concealed explosives in his turban and got inside the mayor's office, just last month the mayor told cbs news correspondent mandy clarke he wasn't worried about i taliban attack and the taliban took responsibility for today's bombing. >>> the u.s. issued a new terror alert for americans traveling overseas today. the state department says new attacks might be planned to avenge osama bin laden's death back in may. >>> and a true cliffhanger here, a woman rescued after her car plunged off a road and slid to the very edge of a 300 foot cliff on the british coast, spent a night in the car before found and rescuers dragged that car back up ever so carefully. she's okay this morning, not a good place to get stuck. >>> the funeral for singer amy winehouse drew hundreds of people toe eye london cemetery yesterday, some of them paid a special tribute dressing and wearing their hair just as she did. more from cbs news correspondent michelle mille
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